Millets and Maize | Atherigona orientalis
Atherigona orientalis (Schiner, 1868); Common Name: Pepper fruit fly
Taxonomy Information
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Diptera
Family
Muscidae
Subfamily
Phaoniinae
Genus
Atherigona
Species
orientalis
Author
(Schiner, 1868)
Field Identification

Adults are small yellowish-gray flies with a body length of about 4 mm (Olsen 1996). Wing length is 2.5 to 3 mm. The head profile is almost square. The eggs are about 0.9 mm in length and are usually inserted so that one tip is exposed and there are three larval instars that together last about five days.

Damage

This fly is highly polyphagous. The fly oviposits on the fruit at the calyx, the grooves, and blossom end. Female fly will lay eggs in the cracks of the fruit and the developing larvae will ruin the fruit.

Key Natural Enemies

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